HOCKEY: Successes in a basement battle and top-of-the-table clash for St Ives Ladies sides

The table-topping St Ives Ladies 3rds team, pictured ahead of a recent game, are back row, left to r

The table-topping St Ives Ladies 3rds team, pictured ahead of a recent game, are back row, left to right, Hannah King, Tara McCarter, Helen Kemp, Alicia Donaghue, Frankie Walder, Mel Wood, Tracey Jago, front row, Lauren Baker, Elaine Jones, Lilia Hodge, Rhona Wickson, Lucy Jack and Evie Bennett. - Credit: Archant

St Ives Ladies 1sts collected a first East Women’s League win of the season last Saturday – at the ninth attempt.

An early Jules Griffiths goal was enough to earn victory in a Division One North basement battle against bottom side UEA 1sts.

But the St Ives side were reliant on a player-of-the-match performance from goalkeeper Ness Brown to preserve their advantage with a series of outstanding saves.

St Ives 3rds climbed to the Division Four North-West summit after beating previous leaders Cambridge South 2nds 3-1 in a top-of-the-table showdown.

Evie Bennett opened the scoring with her fourth goal in two games and fast-thinking Frankie Wilder doubled the advantage before the break.


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Pauline Hammond sealed victory in the second half before the visitors grabbed a late consolation. St Ives 3rds now lead the way in the standings on goal difference.

Megan Slack, Phoebe McInroy and Emily Saul hit the goals as St Ives 4ths triumphed 3-2 against Newmarket 4ths in Division Five North-West (South).

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But the 2nds suffered a 4-0 reverse at King’s Lynn side Pelicans in Division Two North-West.

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